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Shocking Photos Depict How French Women Were Punished In France For Collaborating With Nazis

At the end of World War II, French people accused some women for being collaborative with the occupying Germans were punished with humiliating acts, such as their heads where shaved in public and they were beaten. Some women were marched through the streets and shamed. The humiliating scenes often took place in front of jeering crowds as you can see in the photographs below.

A lot of committees, Resistance cells and French intellectuals protested against these public shaving because they were also punishing women, who did simple jobs like cooking, laundry, cleaning or other housemaid jobs for the Germans staying there. Some of these women had to pay the rent and food themselves to survive during wartime. Unfortunately, the resistance cells and committees only managed to keep these public shaving low in few regions of France.

#1 French female collaborator punished by having her head shaved to publicly mark her, 1944.

French female collaborator punished by having her head shaved to publicly mark her, 1944.

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#2 A young woman has her hair cropped by French patriots who accuse her of collaborating with the Germans during the occupation. January 01, 1945.

A young woman has her hair cropped by French patriots who accuse her of collaborating with the Germans during the occupation. January 01, 1945.

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#3 Civilians and members of the French resistance lead a female collaborator through the streets of Rennes after her head was shaven and covered with iodine. August 06, 1944.

Civilians and members of the French resistance lead a female collaborator through the streets of Rennes after her head was shaven and covered with iodine. August 06, 1944.

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#4 Two women, partially stripped, their heads shaved and with swastikas painted on their faces, are marched barefoot down the streets of Paris, to shame and humiliate them for collaborating with the Germans during the Second World War. August 27, 1944.

Two women, partially stripped, their heads shaved and with swastikas painted on their faces, are marched barefoot down the streets of Paris, to shame and humiliate them for collaborating with the Germans during the Second World War. August 27, 1944.

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#5 A sobbing French woman with a swastika smeared on her face is paraded through the streets with civilians and a soldier.

A sobbing French woman with a swastika smeared on her face is paraded through the streets with civilians and a soldier.

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#6 Two French patriots restrain a woman while another crops her hair after she has been accused of collaborating with the Germans during the occupation. January 01, 1945.

Two French patriots restrain a woman while another crops her hair after she has been accused of collaborating with the Germans during the occupation. January 01, 1945.

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  1. French Patriots? You should have titled it “Two Pathetic French Bullies” those that were too cowardly to fight the Germans attack helpless women after the Germans departed. Just another reason for contempt of the French.

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#7 A group of Frenchwomen, who had been accused of collaborating with the Germans, stripped down to their underwear, some with heads shaved, as part of their public humiliation.

A group of Frenchwomen, who had been accused of collaborating with the Germans, stripped down to their underwear, some with heads shaved, as part of their public humiliation.

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#8 Throughout France, from 1943 to the beginning of 1946, about 20,000 women of all ages and all professions who were accused of having collaborated with the occupying Germans had their heads shaved.

Throughout France, from 1943 to the beginning of 1946, about 20,000 women of all ages and all professions who were accused of having collaborated with the occupying Germans had their heads shaved.

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#9 A French woman with a bloody face is forced to look at the camera while French soldiers do nothing.

A French woman with a bloody face is forced to look at the camera while French soldiers do nothing.

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#10 A French woman collaborator and her baby, whose father is German, tries to return to her home followed by a throng of taunting townspeople after having her head shaven following the capture of Chartres by the Allies, August 1944. It appears that she is passing some women who suffered a similar fate.

A French woman collaborator and her baby, whose father is German, tries to return to her home followed by a throng of taunting townspeople after having her head shaven following the capture of Chartres by the Allies, August 1944. It appears that she is passing some women who suffered a similar fate.

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#11 Soldiers cutting the hair of a collaborator on Bastille Day. August 12, 1944.

Soldiers cutting the hair of a collaborator on Bastille Day. August 12, 1944.

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#12 A woman, with her baby whose father is German, and her mother are jeered and humiliated by crowds in Chartres after having their heads shaved as punishment for collaborating with the German troops, 1944.

A woman, with her baby whose father is German, and her mother are jeered and humiliated by crowds in Chartres after having their heads shaved as punishment for collaborating with the German troops, 1944.

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#13 A Frenchwoman collaborator and her baby with her mother followed by a throng of taunting townspeople in August 1944.

A Frenchwoman collaborator and her baby with her mother followed by a throng of taunting townspeople in August 1944.

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#14 A woman who collaborated with the Nazis has her hair cut as a sign of public disgust.

A woman who collaborated with the Nazis has her hair cut as a sign of public disgust.

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#15 A crowd jeers as a woman’s head is shaved during the liberation of Marseilles.

A crowd jeers as a woman’s head is shaved during the liberation of Marseilles.

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#16 A French woman accused of sleeping with Germans is attacked and her head has been shaved by her neighbors in a village near Marseilles.

A French woman accused of sleeping with Germans is attacked and her head has been shaved by her neighbors in a village near Marseilles.

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#17 Women with their tops torn off and swastikas scrawled with tar on their faces are paraded through the streets of Paris. Many other women were dragged through the streets naked.

Women with their tops torn off and swastikas scrawled with tar on their faces are paraded through the streets of Paris. Many other women were dragged through the streets naked.

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#18 A teenager is brutalized by a mob incited by communist ‘partisans’. Note she is being ‘painted’ by a French ‘artist’ at the bottom of the screen.

A teenager is brutalized by a mob incited by communist 'partisans'. Note she is being 'painted' by a French 'artist' at the bottom of the screen.

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#19 These two abused girls are little more than children!

These two abused girls are little more than children!

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#20 Brutalized women, their heads shaved, are loaded into the back of a truck. The ‘man’ behind them is holding a sign that says ‘collaborators’, but who is the real collaborator?

Brutalized women, their heads shaved, are loaded into the back of a truck. The 'man' behind them is holding a sign that says 'collaborators', but who is the real collaborator?

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    • This is the most simplistic take I’ve seen on this issue. Each woman who had her head shaved was accompanied by ten men who were simply dragged out of their homes and shot. 9,000 were executed summarily after DDay, 1,500 after Liberation. A total of 40,000 people were imprisoned. Most of them were men.

    • And today, we also know that about half of the women who have been shorn have been shaved on simple rumours and not facts. Not to mention what some have suffered from the liberators in addition to mowing, I am not drawing you a picture. Not the best aspect of the Liberation.

  1. The French collective shame for having surrendered after 6 weeks of war, in order to preserve their cities and their absolute horror at the state their country was left in after its liberation by their, so called allies, had to find an outlet somewhere.
    The vast majority of the French collaborated with the occupying Germans, how else would they have survived the war ?

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